Apply for a bus vehicle licence
Anyone applying or renewing a bus vehicle licence (BVL) or wanting to make changes to an existing licence must do so online. Paper applications are no longer accepted.
Before you start
Due to the restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid 19, a number of DVA services are currently unavailable.
For further details, and the most up-to-date position on DVA service availability, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and motoring page.
To access DVA Online you must have a nidirect account and have had your identity verified. You will then be able to log in to the service and link your licences. To find out more about identity assurance and the documents you need to verify your identity see:
If you already have an account, or need to create an account, you can log in to the service using the green button below.
Your driver licence details also need to be right to use the online service. Further information about keeping your driving licence up-to-date can be found at:
You can renew or make changes through DVA Online. Customer guidance is available at:
To find out how personal information you send to PTLD will be handled when using this service. Go to: DVA Passenger Transport Licensing Division Privacy Notice (PDF 132 KB)
You should apply for your BVL at least six weeks before you wish to start using the vehicle on the road, to allow time for the application to be processed and the vehicle tested so that it can be added to your bus operator licence.
- A guide to licensing for bus service operators - DFI website
- Heavy goods and large passenger carrying vehicles